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IN CANADA, THEY HAVE A CERTAIN SPIDER THAT MAKES A TICKING
SOUND, AND HE'S CALLED THE "TICKING SPIDER." THEY SAY THAT WHEN
YOU HEAR THIS SPIDER IN YOUR HOUSE, THAT SOMEONE IS GOING TO
DIE. FUNNY THING, GRANDMA HEARD ONE, AND GRANDPA WELLS DIED.

Where learned: HOME ; BARRETT RD

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 08-13-1968

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SPEAKING OF BREAKING UP FRIENDSHIPS, IN MANHATTAN THERE ARE
MANY AWNINGS THAT ARE HELD UP FROM THE SIDEWALKS BY POLES.
I USED TO GO WITH A GIRL WHO WOULD NEVER LET A POLE COME
BETWEEN US WHEN WE WERE WALKING, BECAUSE THAT MEANT THAT
WE WOULD BREAK UP. IF WE DID HAPPEN TO WALK ON OPPOSITE
SIDES OF A POLE, SHE WOULD MAKE ME TURN AROUND AND WALK
BY IT AGAIN WITH BOTH OF US GOING AROUND THE POLE ON THE
SAME SIDE.

Where learned: BARRETT RD ; NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Use of Object Human beings and their activities

Date learned: 08-13-1968

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SAILORS DON'T LIKE TO MAKE TRIPS UNLESS THERE'S A CAT ON BOARD
BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE THAT A CAT WILL HELP THEM TO HAVE A
LUCKY AND SAFE TRIP.

Where learned: BARRETT RD ; NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Water craft or boat propelled by human, wind, mechanical or other force
BELIEF -- Good luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 07-30-1968

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THE OTHER DAY, I HEMMED SOME CURTAINS FOR VIRGINIA SMITH AND
I LEFT A STRAIGHT PIN IN THEM. SHE SAID THAT I'D HAVE TO
TAKE THAT PIN BACK HOME WITH ME, BECAUSE IF I DIDN'T, OUR
FRIENDSHIP WOULD BREAK UP. SHE REALLY BELIEVES THAT, TOO.

Where learned: BARRETT RD ; NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 08-13-1968

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